Riverside, IL Police to tweet names of DUI arrestees

Does “public shaming” ever work as a deterrence?  That is the reason given by Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel for the decision to have their department tweet the names of anyone it arrests for DUIs, possession of a controlled substance or driving while suspended or revoked, beginning Monday.

Over the years, I have seen attempts by police departments to shame people by publishing mug shots in the newspaper or on a web page.  Yet, crime keeps on happening.

What happens when someone is found not guilty?  A google search of his or her name will likely still turn up Riverside’s tweet of the arrest.  What if the person was guilty, but goes on to serve a sentence, and never commit the offense again?  Will the tweet remain on the internet forever?

What do you think?

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